Lohri Festival

Lohri is celebrated on January 13 every year. The Lohri festival date remains same always 13th January. The festival also marks the coldest day in north India and arrival of spring season.

The Lohri festival is celebrated with a bonfire. Bonfire during this festival is an ancient tradition. The festival primarily celebrated in Punjab. Apart from Punjab peoples from other northern states Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, and Jammu also celebrate Lohri.

The celebrations and gatherings make the festival a community festival. The celebration involves a Parikrama around the bonfire and distribution of Prasad. The first Lohri of a newborn child and a newlywed bride is considered very auspicious.

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How Lohri festival is celebrated

The Lohri festival is celebrated with a bonfire. Bonfire during this festival is an ancient tradition. Family, friends, and neighbors get together to celebrate Lohri. Lohri rituals are performed like eating sheaves of roasted corn from the new harvest and parikrama around the bonfire and distribution of Prasad. The January harvest sugarcane is also celebrated in Lohri. Sugarcane products (Gurh and Gachak) are central to Lohri celebrations, as are nuts which are harvested in January.  All love to wear brightest clothes and come to dance(Bhangra and Gidda) on the beat of the dhol.

Lohri songs:

1. Sunder Mundriye
2. Lohri [Full Song]
3. Lohri Song – Veer Zaara

Gurh, solidifiedand unrefined sugarcane juice is a traditional festive sweet.

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